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Texans punt returner gets run down and tackled by the punter

Frank Schwab
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Returners often get a hard time when the punter tackles them on the way to the end zone.

Those plays are almost always the same. The returner has just the punter to beat, tries to put on a move, the punter guesses right and happens to get in the returner's way enough to get a tackle. You almost never, ever see a punter get beat, recover, and run down the returner to prevent a touchdown.

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That is why the Texans may never let Keshawn Martin live down what happened on Sunday. He had Jacksonville punter Bryan Anger beat, and he let the punter chase him down from behind.

Martin had nothing but green grass in front of him after he got the corner on Anger. Martin passed Anger at about midfield. And Anger turned on the jets and caught Martin from behind, clipping his feet at about the 25. Martin probably turned around wondering what defensive back chased him down, and may have wanted to avoid going to the Texans' sideline after seeing he got caught from behind by the punter. His shame had to grow when Matt Schaub threw an interception two plays later.

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Anger, who is having a very good rookie season, is best known for being shockingly drafted in the third round of this year's draft. Anger went five picks before Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, which is one of the most indefensible picks in draft history considering the Jaguars employ the hapless Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. But on one play, Anger did something you won't see very often in the NFL.

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